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29 Apr 2020 | 01:06 PM UTC

Brazil: COVID-19 case numbers rise to nearly 72,000 April 28 /update 15

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Brazilian Ministry of Health reports nearly 72,000 COVID-19 cases on April 28; take precautions against virus

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

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On Tuesday, April 28, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced a total of 71,886 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide, noting a case increase of 5385 in 24 hours. Some 5017 deaths have been recorded since the pandemic began and 1156 other deaths are being investigated to determine whether the cause was COVID-19. Some 32,544 patients have recovered.

Media sources have reported on Tuesday, April 28, that over 4000 nurses, suspected to have COVID-19, have been excused from work nationwide. This comes after healthcare professionals voiced concerns about lacking the necessary medical supplies to treat patients.

The governor of São Paulo, the most affected state in the pandemic, announced that it would seek to gradually reopen by Monday, May 11, though specific details as to what will be opened have not been announced. Current measures, in place since Tuesday, March 24, indicate that nonessential businesses remain closed. Residents are required to remain at home unless they require essential goods and services. The measures are currently in place until Sunday, May 10. Essential services, such as hospitals, dental clinics, supermarkets, bakeries, banks, and public transport will continue to operate. As of Tuesday, April 22, there are 15,385 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1093 deaths in São Paulo state.

All of Brazil's land borders continue to remain closed but will be open for trucks carrying essential goods and people on humanitarian missions. Officials have also ruled out closing the borders to returning citizens. Meanwhile, a 30-day ban for all foreign visitors remains in place since Monday, March 30. The restrictions will not apply to foreign spouses, parents, and children of a Brazilian nationals, as well as foreign residents of Brazil and transiting travelers.

Most commercial flights at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG) will be suspended until Thursday, April 30. During this period, GIG will only operate six daily flights by GOL Airlines to and from Rio de Janeiro and Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), in São Paulo.

On Saturday, April 18, hundreds of protesters gathered in major cities, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia, calling for state governors to resign and denouncing COVID-19 lockdown measures, which have suspended business operations for several weeks. In Rio de Janeiro, approximately 100 vehicles took part in the demonstration, causing gridlock and temporarily closing Copacabana beach.

Further spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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